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Mega Donor Stories: How to get there!

Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE, and DeAnn Hazey, CFRE

Wednesday, September 25
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Session Description 

Learn how to read the tea leaves when earning the right to ask for that mega-gift! Inspirational and witty true mega donor stories with stewardship tips! Join fellow colleagues as we experience the importance of relationship over revenue.

About the Presenters

Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE
Miller, Calhoun & Company

Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE, began her career in 1978 as Executive Director of a suicide prevention line. Her extensive staff experience includes raising $3,700,000 in nine months for an art museum, overseeing a $60,000,000 national campaign for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at UM, and concluding a capital campaign while increasing the endowment from $2,600,000 to $55,000,000 for The Salvation Army. Today she is President of Miller, Calhoun & Company, a firm credited with campaigns totaling more than $1,000,000,000 raised for a variety of causes.

DeAnn Hazey, CFRE
Executive Director
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - South Florida Chapter

DeAnn Hazey, CFRE, Executive Director of The South Florida Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has successfully executed fundraising campaigns for 27 years, raising $128 million cumulatively for organizations including 4KIDS of South Florida, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, National Association of College Stores Foundation, The Cleveland Orchestra, TRW and the American Heart Association. Hazey is the 2019 president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Broward/Fort Lauderdale Chapter.

Session Details

Target Audience

Private College/University, Public College/University, Private Secondary School, Healthcare, Religious Organization, Arts Organization, Foundation, Environmental Organization, Advocacy Organization, Social Services


Suitable for all levels

Shop Size

Suitable for any size shop

Session Keywords

Campaigns, Individualized Stewardship Plans, Inspiring Change, Major Donors, Moving Donors Through the Pipeline, Relationship-Building

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop strategies for advancing donor interests
  2. Execute stewardship methods that work
  3. Realize the importance of Relationship Over Revenue